Growing up I hated my thick, curly hair. I wore it long for years just to weigh it down. I didn’t know how to take care of it, let alone style it. I dreaded my mom running the comb through my hair at night to get out all the tangles. After spending my teenage years fighting with a flat iron and a multitude of straightening products, I finally gave up and decided to embrace my curly hair.
Styling curly or wavy hair isn’t difficult as long as you have the right products. In fact, it’s much easier and takes less time than working against what nature gave you. Here are the five best styling products for curly hair that will help you embrace the hair you were born with.
This is the most recent styling cream that I’ve tried and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the results. Usually I have to use a pomade to tame the frizz after diffusing my hair, but I don’t need to when I use this stuff. It enhances my curls and helps me achieve the overall shape that I want–no triangle head for me.
If you want to make your curls or waves bounce, this styling cream will do the trick. Use anywhere from a nickel to a quarter size amount depending on your hair length. Then, twist your hair into sections all the way around your head. Finally, blow dry with a diffuser. You’ll have ringlets that last all day!
Thick, curly hair runs in my family and this gel is my mom’s favorite. It’s great for every length of hair and smells like walking into a fresh garden. Stronger than your average styling cream, this gel is great to use if you want more structure and a firmer hold. I like to use it if I’m going to let my hair air dry because it tends to keep my hair from poofing out and losing its shape.
I love Aveda products for their natural ingredients and commitment to the environment. Their Be Curly line does a great job enhancing natural curls while moisturizing your thirsty hair. The Curly Enhancer is a styling cream that can be used alone or combined with the Be Curly Style Prep, which helps infuse moisturizer and define your curls even more. For optimum results, blow dry your hair with a diffuser.
If I could only have one hair product in my arsenal, this pomade would be it. I’ve used it on wet and dry hair to achieve both curly and straight styles. It’s lightweight and tames frizz like nobody’s business without being greasy or sticky. Thick or thin, curly or straight, this product is one no lady (or gentleman for that matter) should be without.
Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant. If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.
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